Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2: Contemplation Review
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Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2: Contemplation Box Art
System: PS4*, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Dev: Capcom
Pub: Capcom
Release: March 3, 2015
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Speaking of frustration, with the increased difficulty the sheer helplessness of “partner” characters comes even more into focus. Moira is still incredibly frustrating to use and barely has any strengths to brag about. Natalie, however, continues to be useful with her ability to see enemies through walls. She essentially becomes a spotter while Barry is your muscle, and it gives the game an almost military feel. But even with these strengths you will find your partners getting in trouble often now that enemies waves are harder to take on. As a result, partners really have to lag behind, which means main characters have to slowly drag them forward, making progression through the game’s stages slower than it was before.

Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2: Contemplation Screenshot

At this point, episodes are coming in at 3-4 hours, about twice the length of a standard Telltale Games episode. That, oddly enough, is the thing I like about Resident Evil: Revelations 2 the most. Capcom knows exactly how long I want to play a Resident Evil game. Arguably, I would have liked Resident Evil 6 better if I were only exposed to 3-4 hour chunks at a time. An episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is enough to keep you busy for a day or two and not much longer. While this might not seem like a great value, it actually does a lot to extend the life of the game not only in length, but in interest. The episodes end just before you would start getting fatigued by all the samey enemy encounters and repetitive brown-grey environments, and they always end on a cliff hanger, making you wonder what is going to happen next week. This is as close as video games have gotten to serialized TV, and frankly it works.

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In the end, Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 is another “of course” purchase. If you liked Episode 1, picking this episode up will be a no brainer, and frankly the game is only getting better. If you didn’t, Episode 2 isn’t going to turn heads and convert naysayers. It’s just more of the same with a welcome tweak to difficulty, and honestly, that’ s exactly what I wanted.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: March 4, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
Same graphics, same uninspired environments.
4.0
Control
Same controls, not much difference here.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Not much difference in the soundtrack or the voice acting.
4.0
Play Value
The increased difficulty really does help set the tone.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Survival horror returns - A brand new tale in the Resident Evil Revelations saga comes to current and next generation gaming consoles
  • Clare Redfield and Moira Burton star - Fan favorite Claire returns to the horrors that haunted her in the past alongside Moira Burton, daughter of Resident Evil legend Barry Burton.
  • Evil is watching - Set in what appears to be an abandoned detention facility on a remote island, the horror awaits players around every dark corner. Will there be a way to escape?
  • A brand new type of enemy - Not as mindless as zombies, the scary design of the 'Afflicted' means they are able to move quickly and attack the player with basic weapons, making them a genuine threat to players' survival.
  • Assistive co-op play - Players will need to switch between the two characters to overcome the nightmares in either single player mode with an AI partner or offline co-op. Utilize Moira's torch to temporarily blind the enemy before Claire takes them out!

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